Modern healthcare has changed the world. Since 1900, deaths from infectious bacterial diseases have dropped by 95% thanks to one thing: antibiotics. And we've never been better equipped to handle injury. Our medical success has changed the nature of illness. Acute conditions no longer dominate the landscape because they can be well managed by healthcare.
Unfortunately, chronic conditions have replaced infection and injury as healthcare’s top challenges. Medicine applies labels like “chronic pain” to a wide variety of undiagnosed conditions. And until we discover solutions, some healthcare treatments actually pose risks, as potential benefits become less and less probable.
That’s why taking control of your own health is so important. You know your body better than anyone. You know your thinking, your moods. And you can learn how and why to make simple changes through self-management. The MOBE Guided Self-Management Program is dedicated to helping people like you do just that.
Modern healthcare is a wonder. But in non-acute situations, like when you need to boost your immune system against infection, medicine’s true purpose is to support your body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself. The real hero remains your amazing, self-repairing, self-healing body.
Most patients feel that time crunch that comes with doctor visits—as soon as the physician walks through the exam room door, the imaginary stopwatch begins. This highlights the need to be as efficient as possible in addressing your needs, getting your questions answered, and communicating important health info like medication side effects or making sure your medications are still working or needed. Here are five strategies for making your next visit more effective...
Behavior scientists have made exciting discoveries in recent decades about how we can help ourselves build the habits we desire. It isn’t “one-size-fits-all,” and different techniques work for different challenges. But research supports that habit change resides inside your mind. And that experimenting with techniques like these are where to begin...
Just imagining a stressful event or situation may make your heart beat faster, your palms sweat and your mind kick into high-alert mode. But what if that stress response isn’t always bad? What if it can actually be beneficial? And what if there is actually a difference between a good stressor and bad stressor? Researchers are finding that there is more to the story than you might expect from all the bad press about stress.
Medicine isn’t perfect. For every breakthrough that cures a disease (or makes it easier to live with one) there are many more treatments that only help a little. And there are many more that may have no effect or that may actually cause a particular person more harm than good. So, it’s important to approach any decision that affects your health, or the health of someone you love, with eyes wide open.
Ever wondered whether it’s better to see the glass as half empty or half full? There’s a growing body of research that has your answer...
Stories aren’t just for Oscar-winning movies or best-selling novels. They’ve been at the heart of human communication from the beginning. Before Snapchat, email, or snail mail, our survival depended on remembering the stories told around the community fire. And now, researchers are discovering that storytelling can be transformative for personal health.